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Supervisors table church's requests to change site plans

| Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002

Pine supervisors Monday tabled a pair of requests by New Community Church to change a site plan approved over the summer.

New Community Church is planning to build a 1,000-seat church and parking area on the North Park side of the Route 910 and Pearce Mill Road intersection.

Church officials wanted to begin grading on the site, taking advantage of the dry summer, before acquiring all necessary permits. And they wanted to reduce the length of a bridge on the site from 85 to 46 feet. The longer bridge would add $146,000 to construction costs.

The supervisors asked church officials to obtain a letter of credit or bond that would allow Pine to regrade and reseed the land in the event the project never became a reality.

Prior to approval in June, members of the township's planning commission and environmental advisory council both urged supervisors to reject the church's plan because they thought it would be too difficult to shoehorn the church into the environmentally sensitive site.

The site is peppered with wetlands and high-quality trees.

No site work has been performed to date. The church bought the property in November for $399,000. The congregation currently meets at Marshall Middle School.

The supervisors will meet for a work session Oct. 21.

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